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Re: Please, no GitHub

From: Luboš Doležel
Subject: Re: Please, no GitHub
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 21:26:37 +0100
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Dne 10.12.2015 06:27, Richard Stallman napsal:
GitHub does a number of things that are wrong.  It requires users to
run nonfree programs (Javascript code in web pages) to do certain
operations (see http://gnu.org/philosophy/javascript-trap.html).

So instead of giving people a choice of not running these scripts, you rather have them use another site that possibly doesn't provide such functionality at all?

encourages bad licensing practices, such as posting code with no
license (which makes it nonfree), and failing to state the license
clearly.  Among free licenses, it encourages weak licenses over

GitHub does not encourage posting code without a license. In its very simple wizard, it gives you a choice of adding a license file on your behalf. The default is NONE simply because adding a file means *creating a commit*, which would cause many people to run into trouble if they had run 'git init' locally first (git push would fail).

And again, it does not encourage weak licenses. It lists a dozen of possible licenses with three of the most popular being emphasized. It gives people a choice instead of pushing a single philosophy. And I say that as a proponent of GPL, who has never released any of his code under a BSD, MIT or similar license.

But the licence of GNUstep is clear, so this is no concern.

Those are the flaws I remember, and they are grave.  There may be more
I don't recall now.

They are not grave, this is simply nitpicking. Your vision of freedom is rather absolutistic, since forcing freedom upon others goes against the very nature of freedom.

GitHub has been tremendously beneficial to free software, especially in the light of gradual demise of SourceForge, which used to be the hosting facility of choice for free software.

Luboš Doležel

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